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Coast Guard to hold feast for the Heiltsuk Nation
The tug will be heading to Vancouver on a salvage barge soon. (Credit: Kyle Artelle)

Coast Guard to hold feast for the Heiltsuk Nation

The Canadian Coast Guard will be holding a feast in honour of the Heitsuk Nation for their work in cleaning up a disastrous spill on the central coast.

Jess Housty of the Heiltsuk Nation says the spill has taken both a physical and emotional toll.

She says working through this disaster has brought the Heiltsuk and the Coast Guard together, adding the nearby Coast Guard station has several Heiltsuk members working there.

Housty had less enthusiastic praise for Premier Christy Clark though.

Earlier this week, Premier Clark was asked why she didn’t visit Bella Bella, Clark said she her focus was fighting in Ottawa for better marine disaster response on the B.C. coast.

It’s a response that doesn’t satisfy Housty.

The Nathan E. Stewart hit a reef on October 13th, in the Seaforth channel and was raised on November 14th, but not before leaking over 100,000 litres of diesel into important Heiltsuk coastal economic and food gathering areas.

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